With rhythmically intense and melodically powerful Jazz and Arabic-African music as its starting point, Gabacho Maroc perfectly combines traditional Moroccan and African instruments with traditional ones to create a finely embroidered tapestry layered with vocals. If their debut album, Bissara (Oued, 2014), communicated a joyful positive feeling, their live performances are a unique experience: a cocktail of rhythms enriched by the soft and captivating voice of Gnawa Maâlem Hamid Moumem. The eight artists complement each other perfectly, with guembry, n’goni, djembe, Moroccan frame drums and metal castanets right at home in a bed of bass/kit drums, electric keyboards and saxophones.
By combining Western, Arabic and African influences and crossing cultural and musical boundaries, Gabacho Maroc have developed their own flair, using Afrojazz as the stock in a stew that’s spiked with ingredients from Morocco, Africa and Gnawa culture.
Set up by drummer Vincent Thomas in 2013, this eight-piece band features musicians of Moroccan, Algerian, and French origins. Highly creative, Gabacho Maroc is among the newest and most exciting ‘fusion’ bands of the moment.Their debut album BISSARA (Label Oued, 2014) is a work of multicultural and collaborative genius. Best African Jazz Band of the Year Nomination – AFRIMA 2015.
On stage, with their cocktail of rhythms enriched by soft and captivating voices, and sweet saxophone licks, they communicate a joyful and positive feeling. Get ready for a brilliant Moroccan-inspired party!
“A pop-folk universe stretched with abrasive strings and trance rhythms”
“The last notes were played to thunderous applause”
ALL HUFFINGTON POST (Maroc)
“An extra push towards the center of Morocco’s cultural identity.”
AFRICA IS A COUNTRY (USA)